biography 3: jamie bull
Jamie Bull has had over 40 years performance and training experience. She is an experienced choreographer, director, group facilitator, therapist, performance and creativity motivator, arts manager and mentor, and she has worked in education, in health, and in commercial and non-commercial theatre and performance. Former Founding Director of Impulse Dance Theatre, Jamie has choreographed for most Professional Dance Companies in New Zealand in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, as well as her own Company. She has maintained an active involvement in theatre –including choreographing and directing.
In theatre Jamie has worked on projects within many of the main Professional theatres/ companies including Downstage, Bats, Circa, the Court Theatre, and Centrepoint. In community theatre she has presented many professional performances with untrained performers, including the full length works Back Beach Time, and Blanket Coverage which were recreated in many communities throughout New Zealand.
Jamie has long been an advocate for access to artistic practice and creativity for all members of our community and has contributed in this field for all of her professional life. She is noted for her Bi Cultural commitment and understanding. Until her recent retirement, the main thread of her recent professional portfolio, was in putting her experience and expertise into mentoring in the arts, and supporting a select group of performing artists.
(N.B. Jamie Bull has already been interviewed about her involvement with Impulse Dance Theatre as part of the NDA’s Oral History project in 2009 Riding the Crest of a Wave. The interview for this project is intended to cover her life both more broadly as well as her work since her involvement with Impulse Dance Theatre.)
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